I like to think that my love for dogs is unbiased. When I was fostering, most of the dogs had issues. Most of these were fear-based, some of them due to under-socialization. Their issues did not make me dislike them or find them exhausting. In fact, I found myself drawn to the dogs that needed my help. I loved watching them grow and become more comfortable. The same goes for the dogs at work. During my first job, it seemed as though many of the fearful dogs bonded with me and I LOVED that they trusted me enough to open up. Earning a dog’s trust makes the relationship so much more rewarding, in my opinion.
Even though I’m open to adopting a second dog with some fear or behavioral issues to work through, one special guy has me longing for that happy-go-lucky companion. You know the one: dog park approved, happy to meet anyone and everyone, obedient and submissive but still confident in himself. Oh goodness, doesn’t that sound lovely?
Murphy is a goldendoodle, but don’t hold this against him 😉 He is an absolute joy to be around. He cracks me up at work and I always look forward to having him in my play group. He can be a little barky when he gets excited, but he’s still a youngster in learning mode. Of course he already has a wonderful family, but I do know that other dogs like him exist. They’re out there, right??
Don’t get me wrong – I looooooooooove my Rufus and all of his quirks. But maybe it would do him some good to share his time with a well-balanced dog?? One that could show him how to lighten up in certain situations. I think a dog like Murphy would be a great balance of fun while also allowing Rufus his own space. Rufus is a man that needs limits, and that’s ok too.
Of course I’m just daydreaming right now, but it sure is fun to do. Do you have a happy-go-lucky dog, or do you prefer a challenge? Or do you have one (or more) of each, and if so how do they get along? I’d love to hear your experiences.